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Friday, 30 November 2012

Chicken Breast Paillard With Spiced Butter Marinade ...

Chicken Breast Paillard With Spiced Butter Marinade ...

Serves 4

320 calories / 21.5g fat per portion


Rachel Allen’s Sweet and Fruity White Breakfast Scones ...

Rachel Allen’s Sweet and Fruity White Breakfast Scones ...

Makes 24 scones

Chicken Liver Pate With Tomato Salad ...

Chicken Liver Pate With Tomato Salad.

Serves 4-6
202 calories / 15.6g fat per portion


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Stained Glass Cookies ...

Delicious buttery biscuits, with edible sweetie stained glass.

These edible decorations make the perfect gift and are ideal for hanging on the tree.

Great for getting the kids involved, all you need are clean hands and a little imagination!

A magical treat to enjoy at Christmas.


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Sticky Brown Sugar Pavlova with Spiced Clementines and Pecan Praline ...

A real show stopper of a dessert!

A delicious combination of light crisp meringue, fresh cream and lightly spiced nectarines with the sweet crunch of pecan praline.

This impressive festive dessert is the perfect centrepiece for your table.

The sticky brown sugar meringue has a delicious caramel flavour which works really well with the sweet citrus and winter spices.

The pecan praline gives extra crunch and another dimension to this show stopper of a dessert.

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Buche de noel log ...

A squidgy chocolate log with cream, fruit and more chocolate, make this a really special festive dessert.

It looks impressive and tastes even better!

A dessert that will put a smile on the face of adults and children alike.

The perfect pud to serve after dinner during the festive period.

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Boozy Sultana Cupcake with Brandy Butter Frosting ...

Boozy Sultana Cupcake with Brandy Butter Frosting...

A very ‘adult’ cupcake with a festive flavour!

A tasty alternative to mince pies, sweet, indulgent and delicious!

The Brandy-soaked sultanas add great flavour and texture to a simple cupcake!

Creamy frosting, light sponge and a brandy kick give these lovely cupcakes a festive feel.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Makes 15 cupcakes

Beefy Beetroot Cheeseburgers ...

A tasty family meal for the BBQ or for a mid-week supper – 

Baxters Baby Beetroot is added to lean minced beef burgers which are then topped with cheese, red onions, tomatoes and sliced beetroot and are served in a toasted roll for a burger extravaganza!


Party Food Ideas ...

Party Food Ideas ...

Garner’s Pickle and Mackerel/Smoked Salmon Bites:

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Beetroot Hash Cakes ...

Delicious little potato, corned beef and beetroot cakes that are perfect for a family supper dish. Serve these little cakes with baked beans for an added five-a-day boost or, with some steamed seasonal greens.

(Serves 4)

Spiced Hot Chocolate ...

Spiced Hot Chocolate ...

Makes 1


Who's Keeping Look out? : Wordless Wednesday Linky ...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Mini Chilli Toad In The Hole ...

As a big toad in the hole fan, I just love this idea!!

Cooking Time: 45 mins - 1 hr

Serves: 6

Fiery Chilli Pesto Garlic Bread...

Fiery Chilli Pesto Garlic Bread...

Cooking Time: Up to 30 Minutes

Parmesan-Pesto Cheese Straws ...

Parmesan-Pesto Cheese Straws ...

Cooking Time: 30 - 45 mins

Serves 12

Monday, 26 November 2012

Slow cooked Stew And Dumplings : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Hello and happy Monday!!

Welcome to this weeks Creative Mondays linky party!

Hosted by me and the lovely Judy :Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thought.

A blog hop linky where you can link up all your creative post each week....


Friday, 23 November 2012

23/11 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...


Welcome to the weekend hoppy blog hoppers!!

Want to join us for a fun blog party!?

A linky party where you can link up some of your favourite post of this week up.

Simply add your links  (up to five different ones)  or just your main blog to the list below.


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath Review..

My children are already on the Christmas countdown.

They are writing their Christmas lists to send to Santa, planning what seasonal films they want to watch and checking every morning to see if there has been some snow!!


Brilliant Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Brownies...

Beetroot and chocolate go perfectly together. Did you know vinegar used to be added to eggless cakes during the war as a raising agent – so beetroot in malt vinegar is perfect for those sweet treats!

These are not as naughty as normal chocolate brownies, and you can be sure that you are all getting one of your five-a-day too, plus, they make PEREFECT school lunch box treats for the children.

(Makes 20 small squares)

  • 1 x 540g jar of Baxters Baby or Sliced Beetroot, well drained and roughly chopped into small pieces
  • 100g butter or margarine, softened
  • 200g chocolate, minimum of 70% cocoa solids
  • 250g soft brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4/Fan oven 160C. 
  2. Grease and line a 20 x 30 baking or roasting tray.
  3. Break the chocolate up into small squares, put them into a microwavable bowl, cover and heat on high in the microwave for 2 minutes, to slightly soften them.
  4. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and with a hand held electric mixer, whisk them all together for 2 to 4 minutes, until everything is amalgamated and there are no visible lumps.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake for 40-45 minutes or until well risen all over; the middle of the brownies should feel a little soft under the centre of the crust and may wobble a bit, this is fine as they will firm up on cooling.
  6. Cool completely in the tin, before cutting into squares.

  • Make sure that the beetroot is well drained and if you wish, you can rinse them in some water; the vinegar flavour will not be discernible when you eat them!

Nutritional value per square:
  • Kcals = 250
  • Carbs = 30g
  • Total Fat = 13g
  • Saturated Fat = 7g
  • Protein= 4g
Recipe and photo credit by - Baxters


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Rosy Roast Beetroot Roots ...

A delectable and easy vegetable accompaniment for the Sunday roast, or for any mid-week family supper, such as grilled chops, sausages or baked ham.

(Serves 4)

Dusk At Fantasy Island : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to The Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

Every mid week and hosted by Claire and Judy from:  Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts.

A blog hop party full of fun where you can link up your Wordless also not so Wordless;

 Wednesday photo posts every week.


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Honestly Healthy Mince Pies...

Honestly Healthy Chef, Natasha Corrett, has created a special Christmas recipe for healthier Mince Pies.

Serves 6 - 8

Monday, 19 November 2012

Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Welcome, welcome, welcome. Another exciting Creative Mondays party.hosted by Claire and Judy.

Clairejustineoxox and Judy-H-JS Thought blogs that join up ever Monday to bring you thnis great blog hop.

A place to be seen, where you can link up all your creative post each week.

This week I've been so busy getting creative here and changing everything from the layout,header pictures and food pages, I've not had much spare time for anything else!!


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Blackberry And Blueberry Christmas Cake...

A lighter alternative to the traditional cake.

If you are not a fan of heavy dried fruit cakes then try this light almondy sponge cake speckled with blackberries and blueberries drizzled with glace icing.

How yummy!?


Chicken Liver Pate with Blackberry Chutney...

Impress your friends : Chicken Liver Pate with Blackberry Chutney / Brandied chicken liver pate with quick cook blackberry and red onion chutney

Making your own party canapés needn’t be fiddly.

 The pate can be made in less than 15 minutes the day before then simply spread on toasted ciabatta and topped with a little watercress and a spoonful of this very moreish blackberry chutney.

Serves 8

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 26-32 minutes
Chilling time: 3 hours or overnight

Friday, 16 November 2012

16/11 Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...

Welcome to Fridays place to be: The weekend blog hop!!

A linky party every week; where you can link up some of your favourite post of the month/week.

Simply link up to 5 different blog posts or simply just add your main blog to the list....


Roast Poussin With Blackberry Cumberland Sauce ...

Planning a special dinner?

If you are not planning a large Christmas lunch, why not opt instead for a special dinner for two; serve these quick to roast baby chickens with delicious blackberry sauce flavoured with orange rind, winter spices and just a hint of redcurrant jelly.

 What’s more, there’s not a Brussel sprout in sight!

Serves 2
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Chilled Blackberry Soufflés...

Retro favourite-

This is a great dessert for a special dinner as it can be made early on in the day and left to set in the fridge.

 Just peel away the paper before you serve them.

 If you would like to decorate the soufflés, add a few tiny blackberries and mint leaves to the top or dust lightly with a little sifted icing sugar at the very last minute.

Serves 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday linky party. Hosted by Claire from Clairejustineoxox and Judy from  Judyh-jsThoughts.

A blog hop every Wednesday where you can add all your Wordless and not so Wordless; Wednesday photo posts each and every week...


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Charnos Opaque Tights Review...

As the weather has turned really cold over the last few weeks it was lovely to be contacted by Charnos to see if I would like to review a pair of their rib opaque tights.

As a fan of wearing my dresses for as long as possible before it gets too cold.

I was pleased to try them out.

About Charnos
Established in 1936, the ‘legsperts’ behind Charnos Hosiery certainly know what they’re doing. From everyday sheers and ‘spoilt for choice’ coloured opaques, to boudoir, party and fashion styles; the stunning Charnos collections give an insight into the wearable high fashion alternative. Offering inspiration to its customer and educating on the power of their legs: a real confidence booster…


Monday, 12 November 2012

Black And Blue : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

Happy Monday!!

Hello and welcome to another Creative Mondays linky party!!

A linky party hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts.

A place where you can link up all your creative post each week and get your posts read!....

Now what creative things have you all been up to this week?

I am sharing and outfit post:

I'm trying not to spend no money at the minute and save up for Christmas. Walking through Primark the other day I did however pick this dress up and 2 other ones for £1-00 each!! So can't resist a bargain...

Dress - Primark
Cardi - Peacocks (old)
Tight - Primark
Shoes Peacocks (old)
Jewellery - Bling Rocks


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Blueberry Bread And Butter Pudding...

Blueberry Bread And Butter Pudding. Really easy!!

Rather than cutting the bread into triangles, lemon curd sandwiches have been made then cut into cubes and scattered into the dish with a generous sprinkling of blueberries for an easy comforting winter pudding.

Serves 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Standing time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Moroccan Beetroot & Herb Salad with Rachel’s Organic Natural Yogurt Dressing...

Moroccan Beetroot & Herb Salad with Rachel’s Organic Natural Yogurt Dressing...

Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: none

Blueberry crème brûlées...

A restaurant favourite.

Blueberry crème brûlées...

This restaurant classic is surprisingly easy to make and almost improves the longer that you chill it for. Just caramelise the sugary topping before you sit down to eat your main course.

Serves 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Standing time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours


Friday, 9 November 2012

Link Up Your Favourite Posts This Week : Welcome To The Weekend Hop ...

Happy Weekend !!

Welcome to this weeks: The weekend blog hop.

A linky party where you can link up some of your favourite post of the week.

Simply link up to 5 different posts each week or just your main blog if you have nothing new to link up....


Bling Rocks Jewellery Review...

One of the great things about writing your own blog is that you get introduced to new exciting websites.

I had not heard of Bling Rocks until last week, now their site is becoming one of my favourite places on the web.

Bling Rocks is a fashion forward on line jewellery retailer offering on trend pieces at affordable prices from- bracelets, earrings, necklaces and gifts for adults, teenagers and children.


Thursday, 8 November 2012

Strawberry Gin...

Strawberry Gin anyone!?...

 Makes a great gift -

Unlike sloe gin, this strawberry version only needs 3 days to stand for the flavours to develop.

Strain and decant into a pretty bottle or several smaller ones, then add a handmade label and ribbons for a personalised Christmas gift.

Delicious served with ice and chilled tonic.


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

i Carly Groovy Foodie DS Game Review...

This week we got the chance to review a DS game i Carly Groovy Foodie.

My 7 year old daughter loves her 3DS, luckily all DS games play on it, so I knew she would like to try it out.

We were not familiar with Carly so after a quick crash course on the series courtesy of the Internet, we were all set to see what the game had to offer.


Heron At Chester Zoo : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to this weeks Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

Hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts.

A linky list where you can link up all your Wordless or not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week.

Have you anything nice to share with us thus week?


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Poached Eggs Benedict With Quick Hollandaise...

Fancy trying out this poached eggs benedict with quick hollandaise sauce recipes out?

Serves 4
516 calories / 429 fat per portion

Monday, 5 November 2012

Outfit Post : Creative Mondays...

Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by me Clairejustineoxox and my lovely co host Judy fromacross the pond: Judyh-jsThoughts.

Every Monday you can link up and share all your Creative post each week...All I want to know next is what have you all been up to this week? Link up and share with us all!!

The weather has really turn cold the last few day's so what better reason to dig out the snowflake jumpers!!

I love this retro jumper, reminds me of being a kid again, lol.

his is the last one of 3 I brought from Primark a few weeks ago, one seen here and another here

What I wore:
  • Jumper - Primark
  • Skirt - Primark ( few years ago)
  • Tights - Matalan
  • Shoes - Primark


1.) Link up with us this week and share your yummy food recipes, up-cycled fun posts, fashion and outfit posts, creative writing or poems, phototography, family, any tutorials, make-up advice or anything creative post's you have written on the list below...

2.) Link as many posts up as you like. Be sure to add a post and not your main blog here today though!!

3.) Please hop around the blog hop and visit a few of the posts on the list. Don't forget to leave comments....

4.) It would be great if you could grab the Creative Monday badge button or a text link and place it somewhere on your blog post to help spread the word of Creative Mondays.

5.) Would be lovely if  you would like to follow me some way? by GFC Google+ Twitter Email would be perfect? Please leave a comment and I will stop by so we can follow back...

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